Van Halen singer David Lee Roth recently talked to Rolling Stone about wanting bassist Michael Anthony back in the band, praising his backing vocals: “Clearly, vocals are every bit as much a component of success as a rhythm section or a guitar solo [...] And what we have at our fingertips is arguably one of the greatest high tenor voices ever – that was in Michael Anthony. That voice is as identifiable as the high voice in Earth, Wind and Fire, as identifiable as the high voice in the Beach Boys.”
Now Anthony has responded to the flattering comments on the Howard Stern Show, as reported via Blabbermouth: “It was flattering to hear Dave talk like that. He never used to talk like that when we were all playing together! “ Anthony was replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang on bass for the reunion tour with Diamond Dave.
However, Anthony is not particularly looking for a reunion as much as rekindling old friendships: “At this point in your life and career and whatever, it’s more about the friendship, and just people. And if the music side of it happens, if that comes about, all the better – but that’s not what it’s really about at this point.”